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NCJ Number: 90300 Find in a Library
Title: Black Females and Lethal Violence - Has Time Changed the Circumstances Under Which They Kill?
Journal: Omega  Volume:13  Issue:1  Dated:(1982-83)  Pages:13-25
Author(s): P D McClain
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The question of whether social changes in American society, specifically the women's rights movement, have influenced the circumstances or situations under which black females murder is examined.
Abstract: Secondary data on 119 black female homicide offenders and survey data on 9 additional offenders were gathered through the project, 'Black Homicide and the Urban Environment.' Analysis indicates that the circumstances surrounding the homicide incidents are still congruent with Wolfgang's findings; however, many changes appear to be taking place. It appears that if these changes continue for another decade, Wolfgang's theory may no longer serve as an appropriate explanation for black female behavior in acts of lethal violence. Footnotes and 26 references are given. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Female offenders; Feminism; Murder
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